Rumor: macOS code base hints at possible “Hey Siri” functionality, A10 Fusion co-processor for iMac Pro

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Date: Monday, November 20th, 2017, 03:00
Category: Developer, Hardware, iMac, Processors, Rumor, Siri

It’s just a rumor right now, but it’s got some interesting sources behind it.

Developers Guilherme Rambo and Stephen Troughton-Smith, who’ve been exploring the macOS, have found references to the “Hey Siri” function in the code base with support for multiple user accounts, just as macOS has long supported user switching.

At present, it’s been rumored that the iMac Pro could feature an A10 Fusion coprocessor which could manage the “Hey Siri” functionality as well as the boot process, security, and the FaceTime camera. It also appears that the inclusion of the A10 Fusion allows the iMac Pro to accept the voice command ‘Hey Siri’ rather than requiring the click in macOS on the Siri icon or keystroke to prompt Siri.

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Security researchers hack iOS 11.1 at Pwn2Own event

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 03:17
Category: Google, Hack, iOS, iPhone, News, Samsung, security

Trend Micro’s annual Pwn2Own has kicked off over at the PacSec Security conference in Tokyo, complete with security researchers spending the day attempting to hack into the iPhone 7, the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Google Pixel, and the Huawei Mate 9 Pro in an effort to win prizes totaling more than $500,000.

And, for better or worse, Apple’s iPhone 7, running the newly-released iOS 11.1, was successfully breached twice Tencent Keen Security Lab. The first hack targeted a Wi-Fi bug and won the team $110,000 and 11 Master of Pwn points, while the second hack targeted the Safari Browser and earned Tencent Keen Security Lab $45,000 and 12 Master of Pwn points.

The group used a total of four bugs to both gain code execution and escalate their user privileges to allow their rogue application to install via a reboot. In addition, the group snagged $60,000 for the WiFi exploit and added $50,000 for the persistence bonus, thereby totaling $110,000 and 11 Master of Pwn points.

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Apple releases macOS 10.13 High Sierra update

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, 05:42
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, Software

Apple on Monday released macOS 10.13 High Sierra, its latest operating system for Macs.

The update, which is available via the Software Update function in the Mac App Store, weighs in as a 4.89 gigabyte download and is compatible on the following Macs:

2009 and Later
– iMac (Late 2009)
– MacBook (Late 2009)

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Rumor: iPhone 7s, 7s Plus and 8 to enter mass production in mid-September, arrive in black, silver and gold color choices

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Date: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017, 05:41
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

In the words of respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple will launch the iPhone 8 on the same day as the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus”, although in limited quantities and styles.

The research report, published today, emerges from rumors in the supply chain. It also predicts that the iPhone 8 will come in just three colors: black, silver and gold.

Kuo stated that all three iPhone models will be announced simultaneously in September and will share the same launch date. He also indicated that the so-called “iPhone 8” will be in extremely short supply at launch, with the supply chain expected to produce between 2 million and 4 million units this quarter.

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New TSA policy requires U.S. passengers to remove iPads, MacBooks from carry-on bags for scanning

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, iPad, Legal, MacBook, News

Per a new policy issued by the Transportation Safety Administration on Wednesday, over the coming weeks and months, passengers will no longer be able to keep their iPads or smaller MacBook notebooks in their bags when passing through security screenings. Instead, the devices will have to be placed in a separate bin to be x-rayed.

The new policy states that “all electronics larger than a cell phone” will be subject to this scrutiny.

Previously, Apple’s ultra-thin iPad, as well as the MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook, were given approval to stay in a bag when being scanned.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone could replace Touch ID with facial recognition

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2017, 05:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

It’s a rumor, but it’s a pretty interesting rumor.

Bloomberg has reported that Apple is currently testing using 3D facial detection as a replacement for Touch ID fingerprint authentication. The report also states that the next-gen iPhone could include the ProMotion increased refresh rate displays seen in the new iPad Pros as well as a dedicated Apple Neural Engine chip for handling AI.

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With the iPhone 8 expected to feature a design with a dramatically reduced bezel, analysts have made various predictions about where Touch ID will go including within the display (as Qualcomm recently displayed), behind the iPhone, and in the power switch.

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2017 iPad Pro marks the first Apple device to use a chip built on TSMC 10 nanometer manufacturing process

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2017, 05:06
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, Processors

This is pretty neat.

The pros have gotten their hands on Apple’s A10X Fusion processor that shipped with the new iPad Pro and have confirmed that this is the first chip in a device using TMSC’s FinFET 10nm chip fabrication process.

The breakdown, published by Tech Insights, discovered a 96.4 square millimeter die size as compared to the 16nm A9X with a die size of 143.9 square millimeters. Even having the notably smaller die size, the chip has 8MB of L2 cache, three CPU cores, and a 12-cluster GPU assembly.

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Rumor: Upcoming iMac Pro could see server-class processors, ARM coprocessor

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Date: Friday, June 23rd, 2017, 05:20
Category: Developer, Hardware, High Sierra, iMac, Rumor

Apple’s forthcoming iMac Pro may get some even meatier specs than anticipated.

The workstation-class computer, which features support for up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor, top-of-the-line Radeon Pro Vega graphics, up to 4TB of SSD storage, and up to 128GB of ECC RAM could be powered by Intel’s next-generation server-grade Skylake-EX and Skylake-EP processors, which are based on a platform codenamed “Purley.”

The hint towards this comes from sourcing in the information files for the current macOS High Sierra developer beta, which states that the iMac Pro will use Intel’s new server-class LGA3647 socket, not its high-end, desktop-class LGA2066 socket.

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Beta version of NVMe driver in High Sierra builds hints towards Apple’s acceptance of third-party NVMe drives for future Macs

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Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Developer, Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Rumor

Apple may have removed restrictions on the NVMe driver in the High Sierra beta, a move that might suggest that future Macs won’t be limited in which mass-storage flash drives may be used, possibly including both the “modular” Mac Pro and the iMac Pro.

The improved driver was first noted by the cool cats over at The Mac Observer. Through the improved driver, third-party NVMe drives could work on compatible motherboards without the need for a hacked driver.

At present, NVMe drives can only be used in assorted “Hackintosh” computers, as there are no official Macs with a standard NVMe drive slot. The beta for the new driver may resolve this issue, as on the vast majority of the motherboards tested by the community, the driver seems to be able to connect to all manufacturers’ NVMe drives.

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Apple’s newest MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMacs now in stock at most U.S. Apple Store retail locations

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Date: Friday, June 9th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, retail

You can snag Apple’s newest MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac iron at almost all of the Apple Store locations within the United States.

Apple began accepting online orders for the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac models on Monday, but delivery estimates currently range between June 12 and June 22 in the United States, so customers looking to purchase a new Mac earlier than next week may have better luck visiting an Apple Store.

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